Holly Andres

Apologies for the late post.  As it turns out I am, in fact, still a university student and I do have to do homework from time to time, strangely enough.  In a perfect world I’d be able to turn in blog posts instead of that philosophy paper, but alas, I have not yet found the perfect utopia where I can always create on my own terms.  Dream job?  Found it!

Enough about me.  Who the heck is Holly Andres?  Well, she just so happens to be my latest photographic discovery and her work is the bee’s knees!

The Heart Shaped Locket

Much of her work focuses on images of children, loss of innocence, and the roles of women.  There is a cinema-meets-storybook quality in the photographs that lends a sense of hyper-realism through unnaturally bright colors and consistently sharp focus.  Andres approaches photography with a director’s eye, using cinematic pacing and sequencing techniques to allow each series to explore a narrative.

The Secret Portal

The photos above are from her “Sparrow Lane” series which draws inspiration from Nancy Drew books, Alfred Hitchcock and horror films.  This narrative depicts curious young girls seeking forbidden knowledge through images rife with potential danger and loss of innocence.

The Retribution

This photo is from the series “The Fall of Spring Hill” which explores a narrative of mothers performing heroic acts for their children.  This series is truly cinematic — as you view the images there are two distinct story lines that unfold parallel to each other, one with the mothers, the other with the children, and as conflict arises they intertwine, culminating in the photo directly above.

The Coffee Break

Andres sticks to some familiar themes in this series as there are examples of loss of innocence (exemplified inThe Retribution) and a focus on women’s roles as she tells the story of a group of mothers reacting to the injury of a child.

Full of Grace

Andres also uses the series “Full of Grace” to depict female strength as she exposes what appear to be the hardships of a displaced mother and child.  The photo above is my favorite from the series.  It appears at the end of the sequence and seems to diffuse some of the tension present in the other photographs with solemn acceptance as the woman packs her suitcase.

Holly Andres’s work is positively beautiful.  Her skillful use of lighting and amazingly vibrant colors is simply stunning, as is her model work.  As I have said in some of my previous posts, I tend to prefer more natural photography — nothing posed, very little set up, just capture moments as they happen — but I find myself captivated by her work.  It is as if she manipulates photography to create a new, different art that is photography, cinema, and theatre all at once.

Here’s the link to Holly Andres’s website where you can see all of her narrative series as well as some of her other work (Check out her portraits and band photos — they are fantastic!).  She also has a blog that I am excited to explore — find that link in the header of her website.

And now we have come to the end of this rather long and very late post.  To make up for my tardiness, however, I do have a little surprise in store for Friday!  Stay tuned and feel free to comment and follow!

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

-DH

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